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Next front and upper level system will affect the region on Tuesday. Much cooler air will take over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day will start off cold then warm into the 60's as winds become southerly.

 

 

 

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Safe driving tips

ORANGE COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel

Many people are on the roads to get a head start on one of the busiest travel days of the year, tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving.

You might have to deal with ice or snow, depending on where you're going.

The Texas Department of Transportation shares a few tips to  help you arrive safely for the holidays.

Where are you traveling this holiday season?

"I'm coming from Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama, so going to Houston to see family for Thanksgiving," Troy Hoover, a traveler says.

One woman we spoke with is coming from Venezuela, another from Mississippi. 

Cross country and even international travelers hit the roads Tuesday to beat the heaviest traffic the day before Thanksgiving.

"We haven't run into any ice, it's just been really wet ever since we left our driveway," Crystal Skelton, another travler says. 

AAA texas predicts more than 3 million Texas drivers will be on the roadways this holiday season and with the wet rainy conditions, officials are reminding everyone to slow down.

Representatives from TxDOT spent the day at the travel center, at the state line, to ensure drivers are safe.

"If we can just give one more person a few extra tips on how to be safe on the roads this holiday season, it's all worth it," Sarah Dupre, a spokeswoman for TxDOT says. 

And with many families carrying precious goods, TxDOT is offering a few tips.

"You want to give yourself plenty of room between you and other drivers. Slow down if you need to, don't think you have to go the speed limit, you can slow down especially in rain or snow or if you think there may be ice on the road. And,  just leave a little bit ahead of time before you think you need to leave," Dupre said. 

And even if you feel like one little girl, who was tired of counting cars, remember the turkey at the end of the journey.

For real-time Texas roadway conditions visit DriveTexas.org

 

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